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Brazil held to shock draw by Switzerland in Group E opener

Brazil held to shock draw by Switzerland in Group E opener

Switzerland battled back from a goal down to earn a point in a 1-1 draw with Brazil as the two teams opened Group E play at Rostov Arena on Sunday.

Lozano strikes as Mexico stun holders Germany

Lozano strikes as Mexico stun holders Germany

Hirving Lozano was the Mexico hero as they beat reigning champions Germany 1-0 in a thrilling match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow -- their first loss in a World Cup opener since 1982.

Aleksandar Kolarov free kick gives Serbia win over Costa Rica

Aleksandar Kolarov free kick gives Serbia win over Costa Rica

A superb second-half free kick from Aleksandar Kolarov was enough to give Serbia a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in a scrappy match at the Samara Arena.

Croatia defeat Nigeria in opener thanks to own goal and penalty

Croatia defeat Nigeria in opener thanks to own goal and penalty

Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday with an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric to go top of World Cup Group D, one of the toughest and most unpredictable in the tournament.

Denmark withstand Peru's sustained attack to earn opening win

Denmark withstand Peru's sustained attack to earn opening win

Yussuf Poulsen scored the only goal in the second half to give Denmark a 1-0 win over Peru, who earlier missed a penalty in their Group C opener on Saturday.

Lionel Messi has penalty saved as Argentina held by Iceland

Lionel Messi has penalty saved as Argentina held by Iceland

Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in their World Cup opener.

VAR penalty and late Paul Pogba goal see France past Australia

VAR penalty and late Paul Pogba goal see France past Australia

France snatched a 2-1 victory over Australia in a game that saw them awarded the first VAR penalty decision in World Cup history.

Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational hat trick rescues point for Portugal vs. Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational hat trick rescues point for Portugal vs. Spain

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick rescued Portugal a valuable point in a 3-3 draw against Spain in the two teams' much-anticipated Group B opener on Friday.

Iran beat Morocco with added time Aziz Bouhaddouz own goal

Iran beat Morocco with added time Aziz Bouhaddouz own goal

A heartbreaking stoppage-time own goal from substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz gave Iran a dramatic 1-0 win over Morocco in their World Cup Group B opener on Friday.

Jose Gimenez secures opening-game win for Uruguay vs. Egypt

Jose Gimenez secures opening-game win for Uruguay vs. Egypt

Jose Gimenez scored an 89th-minute header to secure a 1-0 win for Uruguay against Egypt in their World Cup opener on Friday, just as the North Africans appeared to have escaped with a point despite missing key striker Mohamed Salah.

Russia ease to victory in World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia

Russia ease to victory in World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia

Hosts Russia got their World Cup off to a dream start with a thumping 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Moscow.

Fernando Hierro to coach Spain during World Cup following Julen Lopetegui sacking

Fernando Hierro to coach Spain during World Cup following Julen Lopetegui sacking

Fernando Hierro will take charge of Spain at the World Cup following Julen Lopetegui's sacking.

Spain's Julen Lopetegui sacked as coach ahead of World Cup

Spain's Julen Lopetegui sacked as coach ahead of World Cup

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain national coach on the eve of the World Cup, after agreeing to take over at Real Madrid.

Real Madrid hire Spain's Julen Lopetegui to take over as coach after World Cup

Real Madrid hire Spain's Julen Lopetegui to take over as coach after World Cup

Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday, just two days before the tournament begins in Russia.

Patrick Vieira confirmed as new Nice boss after New York City exit

Patrick Vieira confirmed as new Nice boss after New York City exit

Nice have officially named Patrick Vieira as their new head coach, to succeed Borussia Dortmund-bound Lucien Favre.

World Cup squads: Who will be on the plane to Russia?

World Cup squads: Who will be on the plane to Russia?

The 23-man squads for all 32 teams at the 2018 World Cup are confirmed. Find out below who is on the plane to Russia and remember that teams have until the day before their first game at the tournament to replace an injured player.

Eden Hazard limps off as Belgium beat Costa Rica ahead of World Cup

Eden Hazard limps off as Belgium beat Costa Rica ahead of World Cup

Belgium's easy 4-1 win over Costa Rica in their final World Cup warm-up took a scary turn when Eden Hazard limped off in the 70th minute after an awkward collision.

World Cup 2018 Penalty Payback from BET365

World Cup 2018 Penalty Payback from BET365

Place a bet on the To Win Outright market for World Cup 2018 and if any team you back is eliminated on penalties, we will refund your losing bet.

World Cup 2018 Early Payout Offer from BET365

World Cup 2018 Early Payout Offer from BET365

Place a pre-match single bet on the Full Time Result market for any World Cup 2018 match and if the team you back to win goes 2 goals ahead at any stage during normal time, we will settle your bet early as a winner regardless of the final result.

Neymar stars as Brazil beat Austria in final World Cup warmup game

Neymar stars as Brazil beat Austria in final World Cup warmup game

Brazil scored three superbly-taken goals to beat feisty Austria 3-0 in sweltering conditions on Sunday to put the finishing touches to their impressive World Cup preparations.

Mexico well-beaten by Denmark in final World Cup warmup

Mexico well-beaten by Denmark in final World Cup warmup

Second-half goals from Yussuf Poulsen and Christian Eriksen clinched a 2-0 victory for Denmark against Mexico in each team's final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

United States hangs on for remarkable draw against France in Lyon

United States hangs on for remarkable draw against France in Lyon

France's Kylian Mbappe cancelled out a Julian Green goal for the United States in a 1-1 friendly draw in Lyon on Saturday night.

Iago Aspas bails out struggling Spain in narrow win against Tunisia

Iago Aspas bails out struggling Spain in narrow win against Tunisia

A late goal from substitute Iago Aspas gave an under-par Spain an unconvincing 1-0 victory over Tunisia on Saturday as they brought their preparation for the World Cup to a close.

Poland give up two-goal lead to draw with Chile in last WC warm-up

Poland give up two-goal lead to draw with Chile in last WC warm-up

Strikes from captain Robert Lewandowski and midfielder Piotr Zielinski were not enough to give World Cup-bound Poland victory over Chile, who fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in a friendly in Poznan on Friday.

Goncalo Guedes makes Portugal case with brace against Algeria

Goncalo Guedes makes Portugal case with brace against Algeria

Portugal forward Goncalo Guedes made a strong claim for a place in their World Cup team by scoring twice in a comfortable 3-0 friendly win over Algeria in their final warm-up match on Thursday.

Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck help England beat Costa Rica

Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck help England beat Costa Rica

A stunning strike from Marcus Rashford and a Danny Welbeck header gave a confident-looking England a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in their final World Cup warm-up friendly at Leeds' Elland Road on Thursday.

Juventus confirm signing of Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa for €40m

Juventus confirm signing of Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa for €40m

Juventus have confirmed the permanent signing of Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa for a fee of €40 million.

Romelu Lukaku becomes Belgium's all-time leading scorer in win vs. Egypt

Romelu Lukaku becomes Belgium's all-time leading scorer in win vs. Egypt

First-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard set Belgium on their way to a 3-0 win against Egypt in a pre-World Cup friendly at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Wednesday.

Manchester United agree deal to land Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester United agree deal to land Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Brazil international midfielder Fred, the Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday.

Stephan Lichtsteiner joins Arsenal on free transfer

Stephan Lichtsteiner joins Arsenal on free transfer

Stephan Lichtsteiner has become Unai Emery's first signing for Arsenal after joining the Premier League side on a free transfer from Juventus.

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Napoli sink Liverpool on Lorenzo Insigne's late strike
Napoli 1 - 0 Liverpool

Napoli sink Liverpool on Lorenzo Insigne's late strike

Lorenzo Insigne's late winner gave Napoli a deserved 1-0 Champions League victory over Liverpool on Wednesday that saw the Italians move to the top of Group C.

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi profits from error to net winner against PSV
PSV 1 - 2 Inter Milan

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi profits from error to net winner against PSV

Mauro Icardi took advantage of an error from PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet to gift Inter Milan a 2-1 victory in their Champions League Group B clash on Wednesday.

Borussia Dortmund heap more misery on hapless Monaco with win
Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0 Monaco

Borussia Dortmund heap more misery on hapless Monaco with win

Borussia Dortmund's blistering start to the season under manager Lucien Favre gathered momentum as the Bundesliga leaders consigned ailing Monaco to a 3-0 defeat in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Antoine Griezmann's brace helps Atletico Madrid sink Club Brugge
Atletico Madrid 3 - 1 Club Brugge

Antoine Griezmann's brace helps Atletico Madrid sink Club Brugge

Antoine Griezmann had a goal in each half -- including the 8,000th Champions League goal -- and Koke also scored in added time to lead Atletico Madrid to a 3-1 win over Club Brugge on Wednesday.

Moussa Marega strikes for Porto after Iker Casillas keeps Galatasaray at bay
Porto 1 - 0 Galatasaray

Moussa Marega strikes for Porto after Iker Casillas keeps Galatasaray at bay

A second-half header by Moussa Marega gave Porto a 1-0 Champions League win over Galatasaray at home on Wednesday.

Barcelona beat Tottenham in Group B on back of Lionel Messi double
Tottenham 2 - 4 Barcelona

Barcelona beat Tottenham in Group B on back of Lionel Messi double

Lionel Messi scored twice and powered Barcelona to a 4-2 win against Tottenham in Champions League Group B at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.

Weston McKennie's header lifts Schalke past Lokomotiv
Lokomotiv 0 - 1 Schalke

Weston McKennie's header lifts Schalke past Lokomotiv

United States international Weston McKennie's late header gave Schalke a 1-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday as they continued to recover from a poor start to the season.

Neymar's hat trick leads PSG's rout of Red Star Belgrade
PSG 6 - 1 Red Star Belgrade

Neymar's hat trick leads PSG's rout of Red Star Belgrade

Neymar scored his second Champions League hat trick as Paris Saint-Germain rolled to a 6-1 victory over Red Star Belgrade in a Champions League group-stage game at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

Edin Dzeko's triple destroys Viktoria Plzen as Roma cruise to victory
Roma 5 - 0 Viktoria Plzen

Edin Dzeko's triple destroys Viktoria Plzen as Roma cruise to victory

Roma's Edin Dzeko was again the tormentor for Viktoria Plzen as he scored a hat trick in a 5-0 Champions League Group G win for the Italian side on Tuesday.

Valencia hold Manchester United in Old Trafford stalemate
Manchester United 0 - 0 Valencia

Valencia hold Manchester United in Old Trafford stalemate

Manchester United's dismal run of form continued as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Valencia in a drab Champions League clash at Old Trafford.

Lyon rally for draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in match behind closed doors
Lyon 2 - 2 Shakhtar Donetsk

Lyon rally for draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in match behind closed doors

Lyon produced a stirring fightback to claw back two superb goals from Shakhtar Donetsk's Junior Moraes and rescue a 2-2 draw behind closed doors in a thrilling end-to-end contest at their Groupama Stadium on Tuesday.

Depleted Real Madrid stunned by CSKA Moscow in Champions League
CSKA Moscow 1 - 0 Real Madrid

Depleted Real Madrid stunned by CSKA Moscow in Champions League

A depleted Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 Champions League defeat at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, extending a poor run of form for the holders that has left them without a win in three games.

Ten-man Benfica squander two-goal lead, then snatch win at AEK Athens
AEK Athens 2 - 3 Benfica

Ten-man Benfica squander two-goal lead, then snatch win at AEK Athens

Benfica played the entire second half with 10 men and squandered a two-goal lead before claiming a thrilling 3-2 win away to AEK Athens in Champions League Group E action on Tuesday.

Youthful Ajax draw with Bayern Munich for deserved Group E point
Bayern Munich 1 - 1 Ajax

Youthful Ajax draw with Bayern Munich for deserved Group E point

Full-back Noussair Mazraoui earned a youthful Ajax side a 1-1 draw at misfiring Bayern Munich in their Champions League Group E clash at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

Dybala nets hat-trick as Juve maintain perfect start
Juventus 3-0 BSC Young Boys

Dybala nets hat-trick as Juve maintain perfect start

Paulo Dybala hit a hat-trick as Juventus maintained their 100% record in the Champions League courtesy of a 3-0 win against BSC Young Boys.

Late Silva strike rescues City in Germany
Hoffenheim 1 - 2 Manchester City

Late Silva strike rescues City in Germany

David Silva nipped in to secure a late 2-1 victory for Premier League champions Manchester City at Hoffenheim.

Juventus overcome Ronaldo red card to win Champions League debut
Valencia 0 - 2 Juventus

Juventus overcome Ronaldo red card to win Champions League debut

Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League debut for Juventus lasted only 29 minutes as he was red-carded but the Italians began their Group H campaign impressively with a 2-0 victory at Valencia on Wednesday.

Paul Pogba scores two as Man United open Champions League with win vs. Young Boys
Young Boys 0 - 3 Man United

Paul Pogba scores two as Man United open Champions League with win vs. Young Boys

Paul Pogba scored two first-half goals as Manchester United spoiled Young Boys' first appearance in the group stage of the Champions League by cruising to a comfortable 3-0 victory at the Stade de Suisse on Wednesday.

Nabil Fekir helps fire Lyon to shock win over Manchester City
Manchester City 1 - 2 Lyon

Nabil Fekir helps fire Lyon to shock win over Manchester City

Manchester City looked far from potential Champions League winners as they fell to a surprise 2-1 loss at home to Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday with a flat performance that leaves them with plenty of work to do to progress from Group F.

Nikola Vlasic equalises late in CSKA Moscow draw vs. Viktoria Plzen
Viktoria Plzen 2 - 2 CSKA Moscow

Nikola Vlasic equalises late in CSKA Moscow draw vs. Viktoria Plzen

CSKA Moscow salvaged a 2-2 draw with Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Wednesday after a penalty deep in stoppage time.

Bayern's Renato Sanches scores, earns applause on return to Benfica
Benfica 0 - 2 Bayern Munich

Bayern's Renato Sanches scores, earns applause on return to Benfica

Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches had a goal and an assist in his return to Benfica in a 2-0 victory on Wednesday.

Gareth Bale, Isco strike as Real Madrid outclass Roma in UCL opener
Real Madrid 3 - 0 Roma

Gareth Bale, Isco strike as Real Madrid outclass Roma in UCL opener

Real Madrid rode goals from Isco and Gareth Bale to a 3-0 win against Roma in their Champions League Group G opener at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk draw as Nagelsmann becomes youngest UCL coach
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 2 Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk draw as Nagelsmann becomes youngest UCL coach

The youngest coach in Champions League history drew his debut game Wednesday as Hoffenheim's match at Shakhtar Donetsk finished 2-2.

Nicolas Tagliafico's double guides Ajax to comfortable win over AEK
Ajax 3 - 0 AEK

Nicolas Tagliafico's double guides Ajax to comfortable win over AEK

Nicolas Tagliafico scored two second-half goals as Ajax marked their return to the Champions League group stages with a 3-0 victory over AEK Athens on Wednesday.

Late Roberto Firmino goal seals dramatic Liverpool win over Paris Saint-Germain
Liverpool 3 - 2 Paris Saint-Germain

Late Roberto Firmino goal seals dramatic Liverpool win over Paris Saint-Germain

A stoppage-time goal from Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain on a dramatic Champions League night at Anfield.

Champions League debutants Red Star shock Napoli in 0-0 draw
Red Star 0 - 0 Napoli

Champions League debutants Red Star shock Napoli in 0-0 draw

Red Star Belgrade ground out a 0-0 home draw against Napoli on the Serbian side's Champions League debut as their goalkeeper Milan Borjan made a flurry of telling saves in a pulsating Group C clash on Tuesday.

Christian Pulisic scores birthday goal to give Dortmund win over Brugge
Club Brugge 0 - 1 Borussia Dortmund

Christian Pulisic scores birthday goal to give Dortmund win over Brugge

Borussia Dortmund's United States forward Christian Pulisic came off the bench to grab a late goal for a 1-0 Champions League Group A victory over Club Brugge on Tuesday.

Atletico Madrid shake off domestic woes for comeback win at Monaco
Monaco 1 - 2 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid shake off domestic woes for comeback win at Monaco

Atletico Madrid battled their way back from a goal down to pull off a confidence-boosting 2-1 win at AS Monaco in Champions League Group A on Tuesday, with a defiant response to their troubling start to the domestic season.

Late Inter Milan goals send Tottenham Hotspur crashing to defeat
Inter Milan 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Late Inter Milan goals send Tottenham Hotspur crashing to defeat

Inter Milan scored two late goals as they came from 1-0 down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in a dramatic Champions League clash at the San Siro.

Lionel Messi sets Champions League hat-trick record as Barcelona ease past PSV
Barcelona 4 - 0 PSV

Lionel Messi sets Champions League hat-trick record as Barcelona ease past PSV

Lionel Messi scored a record-setting hat trick as Barcelona opened their Champions League campaign in Group B with an impressive 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou.